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The Perfectionists: I. Marlene King Answers Our Burning Questions After That Insane Premiere

Well, sort of.

Megan Vick

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for the series premiere of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Read at your own risk!]

We're not in Rosewood anymore, liars but it turns out that Beacon Heights also has a just as disturbing murder problem and some over the top stalking. The series premiere of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists introduced us to a new crew of overachievers that find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, but also left us with a lot of burning questions about whether one of our new protagonists could actually be a murderer.

First, there's Dylan (Eli Brown), the whip-smart cellist who seems to have a simmering rage under his quiet demeanor. Then there's Caitlin (Sydney Park), the aspiring senator who seems a little too eager to justify homicide. Finally, we met Ava (Sofia Carson), the fashion designer daughter of The Perfectionists' Bernie Madoff who probably has the most skeletons in her closet that she wants to hide. All three were being blackmailed by Beacon Heights University mean-boy Nolan Hotchkiss (Chris Mason), who finds himself impaled on a university fence at the end of the episode.

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While Nolan spent most of the first episode being a total dick, his final scenes revealed that his outward persona was actually a cover as he and his actually-not-dead-sister Taylor (Hayley Erin) were working together to bring down their mother (Kelly Rutherford) for using Hotchkiss Industries to spy on the students and faculty of BHU.

That's a lot to unpack, and we didn't even mention that Mona (Janel Parrish) is either a secret agent or a mole for Hotchkiss. To help us do a little bit of the digging, we went to series creator I. Marlene King to answer our burning questions after the first episode. King is always tight-lipped but she gave us more than we thought she would.

Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists​

Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Allyson Riggs, Freeform

That final scene: are we seeing inside Mona's brain or is that an actual location?
I. Marlene King:
I can't say.

Is Nolan really dead?
King: Yes.

Is the season mystery going to be who killed Nolan or is the season mystery what's going on with Mona?
King: There are two mysteries, one of which is who pushed Nolan off the roof. I am not going to say what the other one is.

Does anyone else have the blackmail material on the perfectionists now that Nolan is dead?
You will find out very quickly when we go to the next couple of episodes.

Will Nolan's death force Taylor to have to reach out because he was her only lifeline?
One of our characters will start to suspect that Taylor may not have killed herself and go on the hunt for Taylor.

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Is Alison in more danger now that both Hotchkiss children are "dead" and she's Taylor's doppelgänger?
You'll have to see how that one plays out.

You hinted that Alex and Mary Drake escaped from Mona's basement in Paris. Does that mean they could be a potential threat in The Perfectionists?
It's always possible.

How many familiar faces from Pretty Little Liars can we expect to show up on The Perfectionists?
Over time, I hope a lot of people come play with us. For these first 10 episodes, it was most important for me to get it up on its feet as its own thing. You'll see as we start to drop easter eggs in these first 10 episodes, the ways that we can maybe bridge a few worlds.

Can we trust anyone on this show?
I wouldn't.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists continues Wednesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.